Carriage driving

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Carriage driving, 1881
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Prince Philip during the Lowther Driving Trials in Cumbria, UK in 2005

Carriage driving is a form of competitive horse driving in harness in which larger two or four wheeled carriages (sometimes restored antiques) are pulled by a single horse, a pair, tandem or a four-in-hand team. Prince Philip helped to expand the sport. He started to compete in carriage driving in 1971, and the early rule book was drafted under his supervision.[1][2]

In competitions, the driver and horse(s) have to complete three tests: Dressage, Marathon, and Obstacle Driving.[3] The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) oversees International Shows.[3] The FEI Driving rules are followed in these competitions, which aim to protect the welfare of the horse and also ensure fairness in competitions.[4]

Pleasure competitions also have classes which are judged on the turnout, neatness or suitability of the horse(s) and carriage.

See also[edit]

  • Coachman – The person who drives a horse-drawn vehicle designed to carry passengers
  • Combined driving – A sport involving horses pulling carriages
  • Harness racing – A form of horse racing that uses a two-wheeled cart
  • Pleasure driving – A horse show class involving horses pulling carts


  1. ^ Heald, Tim (1991). The Duke: a portrait of Prince Philip. London: Hodder & Stoughton. pp. 212–214. ISBN 0-340-54607-7. OCLC 24130467.
  2. ^ Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1994). Competition carriage driving. London: J.A. Allen. ISBN 0-85131-594-1. OCLC 32926843.
  3. ^ a b "Carriage Driving". Horse Sport Ireland. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Driving Rules and Para-Equestrian Driving Rules" (PDF). Fédération Equestre Internationale. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-01.

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